Protect Marine Habitat
Protecting ocean ecosystems is vital for the health of our planet
Protecting habitat allows fish and other marine life to flourish
Through exploration and research, we can better understand and protect the ocean.
Oceana Canada partners with researchers, non-governmental organizations, the federal government, Indigenous Peoples and the fishing industry to study sensitive marine habitats and advocate for their protection. This is essential for the future of our planet: it supports healthy, productive ecosystems and the recovery of depleted fish populations that coastal communities depend on.
Since 2017, Oceana Canada has been conducting expeditions that combine science, technology, community engagement and advocacy with the wonder of ocean exploration. Using technology such as livestreaming, we bring Canadians along with us as we explore the ocean and collect data that helps direct how best to protect it.
Although a great deal of progress has been made recently, less than eight per cent of Canada’s ocean territory is protected. More needs to be done to ensure that future generations have healthy, abundant oceans.
In 2017, Oceana Canada and Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s expedition to the Gulf of St. Lawrence explored the Laurentian Channel, the American Bank and the Cape Breton Trough. Canadians watched in real time as a leading-edge Underwater remotely operated vehicle explored never-before-seen areas of the ocean. This research has helped us learn more about one of Canada’s newest protected areas, created to protect redfish and sea pens in the Laurentian Channel. The specimen samples and video evidence collected are being analyzed and will inform further habitat protection in Atlantic Canada.
Watch Highlights From the Gulf of St. Lawrence Expedition
Gulf of St. Lawrence August 2017
Gulf of Maine July 2017
Through expeditions, we will protect critical habitat and support healthy oceans
What We Do
We are an independent charity committed to rebuilding Canada’s oceans by winning policy victories that increase biodiversity and abundance through science-based fisheries management. We do this by running campaigns – leveraging law, science, grassroots mobilization and communications – designed to achieve specific policy outcomes that will make a difference for the health of our oceans. Oceana Canada is focused on stopping overfishing, rebuilding fish populations, reducing bycatch, protecting habitat and ending seafood fraud.
Oceana around the World
We are proud to be affiliated with the international family of Oceana organizations. Oceana, Inc., founded in 2001, is the largest international organization focused solely on ocean conservation. The Oceana family includes organizations in Brazil, Belize, Chile, the European Union, Peru, the Philippines and the United States. Globally, Oceana has won more than 100 victories and protected more than 2.5 million square kilometres of habitat.